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ADHD & Executive Function Coaching

Common Questions & FAQs

How do I know if I really need "help"?

Why shouldn’t I try to just work through this on my own?

What is (ADHD) “Coaching”?

Isn’t "coaching" just a fad?

How is coaching different from therapy?

What happens in a coaching session?

What does professional coaching provide?

Why should I choose Psych Ed Coaches over other coaches?

How long does it take?

Is this covered by my insurance?

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

Are coaching sessions confidential?

 

How do I know if I really need "help"?

It’s a little different for everyone. Some signs that you might need some help from a professional are when the way you feel begins to negatively impact your schooling, sleep, job, appetite, relationships with friends and loved ones, or your decision-making abilities. If you find that you feel frustrated a lot, or that things just aren’t getting better or even that things seem hopeless – these are also pretty strong indicators that it’s time to seek out a trained professional to help.

Why shouldn’t I try to just work through this on my own?

It’s easy to put off seeking out help for something that’s negatively impacting the way we feel. In fact, the decision to get help can actually be extremely difficult for many people. Often times we dismiss feelings of anxiety, emotional pain, relationship stress, or frustration as “just life” – even to the point of encountering real difficulty in normal day-to-day functioning. Deciding to take responsibility for your mental wellbeing is an empowering first step. It takes courage, but it puts you back in control of your feelings and actions. Even the small action step of reaching out and accepting help can have a surprisingly positive effect on your outlook!

What is (ADHD) “Coaching”?

The Institute for Life Coach Training defines coaching like this:

“Coaching entails working with people who already have a measure of “success” in their lives, but who want to bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be in their profession and their personal life. This is much like a trainer who helps an athlete win the “gold medal” – not just be in the race.”

ADHD coaching is all about helping you identify the things about your disorder that hinder your ability to succeed, and then supporting and guiding you in the journey to accomplishing your goals. Coaching focuses on bringing out the resources and brilliance that’s already within you, which is why it’s so powerful. The Psych Ed coaches are mental health professionals, skilled in the methods and practice of helping people design their own framework of living – one that challenges them and sets them on a path towards realistic goals. A good coach understands the balance between when to challenge you to become stronger in an area of weakness, and when to encourage you to push for a goal. The true value of the coaching experience is learning how to apply coaching principles to yourself, so you become skilled in achieving your goals on your own.

Isn’t "coaching" just a fad?

Popular culture has a way of pointing out “here today, gone tomorrow” fads, it’s true. It’s also easy to perceive coaching, on the surface, as simply more motivational self-talk mumbo jumbo. However, the truth is that the discipline of coaching is time-tested, proven approach to helping empower people with the drive and skills they need to live more fulfilling lives. 

As master's and doctoral level professionals in the research based field of psychology, we believe any intervention must have empirical support behind it, which means that it has been rigorously studied and proven effective. The method of coaching at Psych Ed Coaches is based on a method studied and practiced at the Florida State University, one of the leading universities in the study of ADHD treatment.  Not only do we use this method, Dr. Levrini herself was part of the original research team at FSU and is currently completing a scientific textbook on ADHD coaching with FSU professor, Dr. Frances Prevatt.

How is coaching different from therapy?

Traditionally, therapy is focused on addressing specific psychological needs, often a result of a physical or mental illness stemming from a past event. A big part of therapy is getting to the "root" of a problem or particular issue. While these issues may be identified as part of the coaching process, coaching is designed to focus on the future, and what you want to achieve. So, while coaching can be a very therapeutic experience for some, action and goal achievement is the focus.

What happens in a coaching session?

Coaching is always a personalized experience, so no two coaching sessions are exactly the same. That being said, every session is based in our empirically validated coaching method. In our introductory session, we’ll focus on exploring the goals you have, and what brought you to coaching. In later sessions, our discussion will focus on both practical steps, as well as reflection on recent experiences. We’ll use various tools and exercises along the way, and assignments will be an important way for us to measure progress.

What does professional coaching provide?

Professional coaching gives you an opportunity to share, but also to gain new understanding and perspective. Life can be hard at times, and difficult circumstances are sometimes beyond our control, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Coaching helps you set achievable goals, and begin to make lasting changes to help you reach them. Through understanding yourself better and learning techniques for changing your behaviors, you’ll become equipped to regain control and practice healthy patterns for long-lasting improvement.

Why should I choose Psych Ed Coaches over other coaches?

While being a coach does not require a particular license or degree of any kind, at Psych Ed Coaches we pride ourselves on the fact that we have acquired a certain level of education and skill set to best help clients with ADHD or related mental health disorders. Because we are also psychologists, counselors, and therapists, we are able to pull from a wide array of strategies in order to individualize the coaching process for our clients. Furthermore, we understand that ADHD isn't just about time management, organization, and other executive functions. It affects all areas of your life including your emotional and mental well-being. Finally, Dr. Levrini is one of the leading experts in the field and holds all of her coaches to the highest standards of care. If you still aren't sure about whether to choose us, Dr. Levrini would be happy to speak to you personally. You can reach her by phone or email at 571-449-7732 or drlevrini@psychedcoaches.com.

How long does it take?

Because coaching is tailored to a specific person, and the goals and challenges that person is facing, there’s no pre-defined period of time for sessions. Sometimes incredible progress is made in a few weeks, but it’s not uncommon for coaching to span several sessions over a period of weeks or months. Individual sessions are generally about 50-60 minutes in length.

Is this covered by my insurance?

Coverage varies greatly, but services may be covered in part or in full by your insurance provider. Please contact your health insurance provider to learn more about what your plan covers. Please see "rates and insurance" for more information.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance of your session. Sessions canceled with less than 24 hours notice will not be refunded.

Are coaching sessions confidential?

Yes. Your privacy is important to us, and you can trust that our sessions, as well as any of your personal information, is always held in the strictest of confidence. Additionally, online "distance" coaching sessions are held via a HIPPA compliant video conferencing program called "Vsee".

Confidential information disclosed in private sessions is legally protected. However, there are some exceptions to this, including instances of suspected child or elder abuse, or when a client presents a serious danger of violence toward himself or herself or another person. If you’d like to learn more about our ethical standards and privileged communication exceptions, our office can provide additional information.

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